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Faith in the System

Last week I had an increasingly rare “faith in the system” affirming experience in immigration court. I had a hearing for a Vietnamese woman who was taken advantage of by a Vietnamese American man about 15 years ago. He met her in Vietnam; they were married and...

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Marriage Based Green Card Interviews

The primary concern with most green card applications based on marriage to a US citizen is the possibility of fraud. Obtaining a green card through marriage to a US citizen is sort of the platinum card of immigration. It’s the easiest way to get a green card and as a...

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Expedited Removal

Border patrol is really a police department that has the power to act as judge, jury and executioner. They can issue issue removal orders called “expedited removal orders” at the border even if your pretty clear that you are legally presenting yourself for admission....

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Patricia G and her U-Visa

I met Patricia in 2012 after she was detained by immigration authorities. Patricia is a citizen of MX and had lived in the USA since arriving as a child. She was also the victim of repeated domestic violence inflicted by a former partner. She had reported the abuse to...

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Cruise Lines

Be careful of cruise lines and immigration. Cruise line employees are not immigration lawyers. Let me say it again - cruise line employees are not immigration lawyers. They are not even that well informed about immigration law and more importantly they have a...

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Ukraine

What can be done for Ukrainians during this horrific time? Folks stuck in Ukraine face the same issue that faced many Afghanis not too long ago. Here are three strategies U.S. leaders could consider: B1/B2 visa: A B1/B2 visa allows people to visit the U.S. on a...

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What’s up with Eileen Gu?

Now that the Olympics are over, there are still unanswered questions about the free style skiing sensation Eileen Gu. As we know, she is a very talented athlete who won three medals at the Beijing Games - two of them gold. She is the daughter of a Chinese mother and...

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Covid Delays

As the pandemic drags on immigrants are faces on multiple fronts with challenges. There are delays caused by staffing and social distancing. And unfortunately outside of the immigration system Latinos are being hit the hardest in urban areas like Los Angeles. The Los...

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